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    Pass:

    Congress recently passed the Violence Against Women Act, which included the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination initiative. Once President Barack Obama signs the bill, colleges across the nation will have to include sexually related crime statistics in their regular crime reports.

    Not only is this a big step in making people aware of how common sexual assault is in colleges across the country, it’s also a big step in the process of people selecting a college. When students don’t want to go to a college because of its high rape statistics, it’s guaranteed that administrations across the country take serious and immediate action.

    While the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act may not completely eliminate sexual violence, it will go a long way in decreasing it.

    Incomplete:

    In attempts to prevent cheating on online tests, many universities are turning toward CIA worthy spy tools. Programs like ProctorU (which is used by the UA) use video monitoring to ensure that students are doing their own work, along with tracking your mouse clicks.

    Online cheating is a major problem that needs to be remedied. It’s impossible to limit cheating on an online test without somehow invading privacy, because the whole point of an online class is that you can learn from the comforts of your home.

    But while it’s necessary to limit cheating, this is a little reminiscent of “1984.” The invasion of privacy may be helpful, but it’s not justified.

    Incomplete:

    The app everyone has been waiting for is finally available. For $1.99, your iPhone can tell you how many shots are in that drink you mixed in a water bottle.

    While the app may seem like a good idea, one has to realize that the people who are pouring liquor into a water bottle don’t really care how many shots they pour in, as long as they’re getting drunk. Rather than giving a number, the app should just measure the alcohol by drunk, drunker, drunkest.

    Fail:

    A student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City got into a sticky situation with his final art project. By sticky, I mean semen.

    Marc Bradley Johnson, in his final project for his Master of Fine Arts, wanted to show off his little swimmers to the world through his project entitled “Take This Sperm and be Free of Me,” which was literally just a refrigerator full of 68 vials of his sperm.

    For those of you out there that don’t think semen is a viable subject for an art project, well, neither did the administration. They decided that Johnson’s semen was biohazardous. I’m not entirely sure what that says about the males of the world carrying around biohazardous material in their junk, but either way this whole situation seems like an epic fail for Johnson.

    Fail:

    A recent report from the New York Federal Reserve found that total student debt has nearly tripled over the past eight years.

    This doesn’t bode well for the recession because instead of being able to put money back into the economy, recent graduates are spending large amounts of their paycheck paying off student loans.

    With the crippling student loan debt that’s hurting the country, it’s time to ask ourselves if college is even worth it.

    — Editorials are determined by the Daily Wildcat editorial board and written by one of its members. They are Kristina Bui, Dan Desrochers, K.C. Libman and Sarah Precup. They can be reached at letters@wildcat.arizona.edu or on Twitter via @WildcatOpinions.

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